Swati Parashar

Swati Parashar is Associate Professor in Peace and Development Research, Gothenburg University, Sweden. She tweets @swatipash.

Articles By Swati Parashar

Why Zaira Wasim’s actions have far reaching consequences for young Muslim women

What makes Zaira Wasim’s case different is the very lengthy confessional style explanatory letter which she shared through her Instagram account outlining her decision to quit her profession, which she argues, enabled an ‘environment that damaged her peace, iman and her relationship with Allah.’

Don’t blame the mandate

Doordarshan can hardly influence voting, people’s aspirations have changed.

Why are children’s bodies battlefields of communal and family wars?

Children’s bodies are ‘feminised’ the same way as women’s bodies are. Bodies become frontlines where men fight their wars, bond through gangrapes and communicate messages of hatred towards other communities.

Patthalgarhi challenges the Republic in its own backyard

This is a challenge to the state in the form of nonviolent resistance, but also an opportunity to rethink the exclusive development model

The ‘Gharwapasi’ of Padma Bhushan Father Camille Bulcke

In a state where religious conversion has always been a highly sensitive and contentious issue and anti-conversion laws have been introduced by the government; people of all religions attended the ceremonial reburial of Father Bulcke’s remains to mark his final resting place in his karmbhoomi, Jharkhand, 35 years after his death.

Development’s new ally in tribal India: Sabka Vikaas, Sabka Vivaah

Several tribal communities have a long history of live-in relationships where couples cohabit out of wedlock and even have children. Most of these arrangements have thrived on gender equal norms where tribal women enjoy a degree of freedom and bargaining power.

The case for colonialism raises an academic furore

The Third World Quarterly recently carried an article by Bruce Gilley, a professor of political science in the US, which not only glorifies colonial rule but also advocates the case for recolonizing ex-colonies

Hyper masculine ire is reserved for women who dare challenge orthodoxies

Sri Lanka has the deepest chasm and embittered relationship between media practitioners and political authorities in South Asia, but neither Pakistan or Bangladesh fare any better

Hyper masculine ire is reserved for women who dare challenge orthodoxies

Sri Lanka has the deepest chasm and embittered relationship between media practitioners and political authorities in South Asia, but neither Pakistan or Bangladesh fare any better.

Combatants for Life: Women LTTE Cadres

Thirty years after the India-Sri Lanka accord, the silence of former women LTTE cadres speaks volumes of their social exile and anonymity.

When women are branded as witches and brutalised

Marking the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples on August 9 is remembering that one of the most common forms of violence against tribal women is their branding as witches. These women are sometimes killed, but more than their murders it is their lives that are a relentless story of violence, abuse and terror.

Lording it over the bastion

In a country with unbridled displays of masculinity in politics, public life and most of all in cricket, women cricketers have not only proven that this game can be played without the vulgar aggression and sledging but that masculinity is simply overhyped. These are achievements bigger than any victory.

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